The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Mistakes come with consequences that may follow one for the rest of their life. In the novel, The Kite Runner, Amir, the protagonist, makes rash decisions that come to haunt him and cause him to think twice about himself. After finding out that Hassan, his best friend and half brother had been shot by a Talib, he decides to save the last of his family in Afghanistan which is to find Hassan’s son, his nephew, Sohrab. Amir frees himself from guilt by straightening out his wrong doings and giving back to Hassan. The parallels in this well written novel used by the author, Khaled Hosseini, portray Amir’s journey of achieving redemption that he deserves. Hosseini shows Amir’s weaknesses and mistakes in the beginning, but are parallel to events that redeem Amir’s character in the end. The childhood memories that Amir has are both delightful and dreadful. Hassan runs the kite for Amir and helps him win the tournament, but does not thank Hassan. Amir observes,
[Hassan] lifted our kite, red with yellow borders…He licked his finger and held it up, tested the wind, then ran in its direction…The spool rolled in my hands until Hassan stopped, about fifty feet away…I jerked the string twice, our usual signal, and Hassan tossed the kite (62).

The young Amir has a mindset of not returning favors because he thinks highly of himself, but he eventually learns to give back to Hassan. Hassan is a loyal and innocent character. He puts others before him and sacrifices himself for

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